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An Open Letter to Governor Cuomo

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Dear Mr. Cuomo,

Do you remember the day in the hospital room when you held your daughters, Cara and Mariah, for the first time?  And then the day you held Michaela? Those are the babies you are allowing to be killed. Fully developed, feeling, dreaming, cognitive, valuable, unique, and American. Right before they are to make their appearance, you are celebrating that they can be killed.

I am a woman, a New Yorker, and a millennial. Every single fiber of my being disapproves of what you signed on Tuesday.

I and thousands of other New Yorkers are absolutely horrified and disgusted by your blatant disregard for the value of life.

You are hurting women in the name of “reproductive health.”

You just made it legal to kill fully developed 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-pound babies.

You just made it more dangerous for the women that do end the life of their child by allowing non-doctors to perform abortions. This is a Kermit Gosnell-type of disregard for women.

You also just made it more unsafe, painful, and deadly for the babies who survive abortions.

This is most definitely NOT a victory for all New Yorkers.  It is a grave loss. A dark, discouraging, and horrifying time for New Yorkers and all Americans.

You say that you want “to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions.” Under your new law, more New York women will never be able to make a single decision. You have denied her the most fundamental right. Her right to life.

We will continue to fight for vulnerable babies in the womb, sir. I will continue to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless. We are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and it is an unthinkable evil that we do not protect the fundamental right to life in America.

This was not a win for women. It was the worst of losses.

-Kelsey Good


Note to readers:

New Yorkers, get involved.  Christians, rise up.  Churches, speak out.

Join an organization. Get news alerts from different news stations. Pick up a book.

Get off your couches and go to the state capitol. Stop scrolling on Instagram, and keep up with the legislation in your capitol and in D.C.

You have a choice to make a difference. Stand up for truth. Be part of the solution.

 

New York, Are You Ready?

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Dear CWA friend,

The bloodlust that has had a stranglehold on our nation for over 46 years took an additional dark turn in New York State this week, and that is why I am writing to those of you who live specifically in New York.  On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the New York state Senate and Assembly passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law, the “Reproductive Health Act,” the most egregious, heart-wrenching, anti-life bill.

This new state law grievously permits abortion up to just before birth and allows medical professionals who are not doctors to perform abortions, therefore stretching the boundaries of Roe v. Wade.  As the ink was drying at the bill signing, Gov. Cuomo said this about the new abortion law, “Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion. With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body.”

CWA’s general counsel Mario Diaz sent out this compassionate challenge concerning the issue of life, “Let us resolve to speak ever more boldly for the unborn in New York and wherever we are. Let us recommit our efforts to support women in crisis pregnancy and to love each person at every stage of life for their intrinsic value, as created in the image of God.”

Psalm 11:3 says, “When the foundations are being destroyed what can the righteous do?” New York’s foundations are crumbling, and the righteous need to step up now for the sake of the generations to come.

This brings me to a few questions for you specifically. Are you ready? Have the actions of your state Senate, of your Assembly, and of your Governor inspired you enough to take the next step to getting involved? Are you now willing to raise your voice for the voiceless victims of abortion and to put your name on the line for life? Are you ready to stand up and impact the culture for Christ through education and public policy in New York? Do you feel God calling you to be a voice for the voiceless? If you are feeling that call, do not wait a minute longer.

Contact me today to learn more about opportunities for involvement in New York through the ministry of Concerned Women for America. The future of the pro-life movement depends on women like you!

I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Tanya Ditty
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]

There is a Darkness Growing in New York

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By now you have probably seen the video (below) of the New York State Senate cheering the “Reproductive Health Act” which would effectively allow abortions up to just before birth. It is heartbreaking. This is not just the sentiment of a few legislators either. It is a direct reflection of the majority of the people of New York. Their elected officials consistently reflect the condition of their hearts. Recall that New York City discovered in 2012 that more African American babies were killed by abortion (31,328) than born (24,758). From that experience, they’ve emerged with a desire to expand abortions.

I first came across the video with a comment from Benjamin Watson, the NFL player who is a courageous voice for life in our day. He commented, “It is a sad and evil day when the murder of our most innocent and vulnerable is celebrated with such overwhelming exuberance. We SHOULD be supporting and encouraging the building of families which are fundamental to any society. By not doing so, we invite consequences untold.”

 

He captured well in just a tweet what I felt as my heart broke for the people of New York. I pray that God may have mercy on them, that they may feel the evil that has taken hold of their hearts and minds, so they might turn and repent from their ways.

The worst of consequences for New York would be to be left to their own devices and continue to think of themselves as the best of the best. To continue to be blinded by the big billboards and the lights, its celebrities, and big sporting events. Underneath the glamour, there is a deep sadness to this city. A spiritual sadness. People who can barely make it each day. They are crying out for help only to hear the reflection of their own voices on the busy bodies walking pass them.

I pray for the New York Church. I pray that they might shine brightly in the middle of increasing darkness. I pray this news presents a moment of self-reflection. I pray they cry out in unison for God’s discipline, for that would be a great mercy. Like a loving father, the Lord disciplines those whom He loves (Hebrews 12:6). There are those whom God gives up to follow their own appetites, “to do what ought not to be done,” says the Apostle Paul (Romans 1:28). This is the worst of scenarios.

Those of us outside the state must also be diligent to stand up and raise our voices for these children who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8). To speak of the people of New York is in many ways to speak of us, wherever we are in America. Paul warned not only those who practice these evil deeds but of those who “give approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:32). Let us never be accused of approval because of our silence. May we never be seen as those who would sacrifice justice and mercy for the unborn on the altar of personal comfort.

Let us resolve to speak ever more boldly for the unborn in New York and wherever we are. Let us recommit our efforts to support women in crisis pregnancy and to love each person at every stage of life for their intrinsic value, as created in the image of God.

Mario Diaz, Esq. is CWA’s general counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

CWA New York Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders on Fox & Friends

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Smart, beautiful and articulate CWA ladies speak out on recent Fox & Friends segment –  Mothers share their national security concerns.  Note: CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders Deborah Antignano of Staten Island and Claudine Aievoli of Merrick.

Do you live in the Staten Island or Merrick area?  Would you like to get involved in one of these chapters?  Would you like to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area?  Contact us today!

Join Concerned Women for America of New York in Assisting Those Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

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Dear fellow New Yorkers,

As you know, the needs are great and growing amongst those affected by the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy. It is estimated that as many as 40,000 people have been displaced in the U.S. because of Sandy and as many as 10,000 are in public shelters and schools in New York alone. Concerned Women for America of New York will be delivering supplies to those in need in the Staten Island, The Rockaways and Connie Island areas. Will you help us?

Please do what you can by dropping any of the following items at one of the scheduled drop-off points.

Diapers
formula
towels
washcloths
blankets
sleeping bags
soap
shampoo
toothpaste
toothbrushes
razors
spray deodorant

Drop off days and times:

Monday Friday
10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Locations:

WDCD Radio Station
4243 Albany Street
Albany, NY 12205

Coldwell Banker Prime Properties
1754 Rt 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Healthplex Health Club
1673 Rt 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Mail monetary donations to:

CWA of New York
P.O. Box 782
Clifton Park, NY 12065

The money that has been collected will be used to purchase necessary supplies to assist the work of local churches with the displaced families and to pay for gas to transport the items to the affected areas.

Contact: Michelle Mulledy at 518-229-5757.

Donations will be accepted for this project until the end of November.

Click here for flyer to print and distribute.

October 2010

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Welcome

As summer ends and the fall foliage dazzles us, let us give thanks to God for all our blessings!

This free monthly newsletter is designed to provide information to our Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders (PALs), Home Team Captains (HTCs), and all others who are concerned about the moral and political issues of our day. If you received this newsletter from a friend and wish to subscribe directly, please send me an e-mail saying SUBSCRIBE. By subscribing, you will also receive occasional e-mail alerts about pending legislation. To unsubscribe, simply e-mail me.

Anne F. Downey
New York State Director
Concerned Women for America

P.O. Box 97
N. Boston NY 14110
Ph 716-359-3226
[email protected]

website: ny.cwfa.org

CWA of NY – Taking Action

Our Prayer/Action Chapters are holding meetings in various locations across the state. The reports coming back from the chapters are exciting. Each chapter is very different, and it wonderful to hear how concerned New Yorkers are gathering to learn about the issues and pray for our state and nation. Please contact me if you wish to join (or start) a chapter.

Statewide, we are getting ready for the January to June 2011 state legislative session by signing up participants for the Encourage-A-Legislator program. See below for information and to get involved.

This fall many of you are participating in pro-life events. Kudos to all who are advancing the cause of life in New York, the nation’s abortion capital. The initial reports from 40 Days for Life regarding the current 40-day period of prayer (September 22 to October 31) are encouraging. In the Buffalo area, during the first three days of the vigil, two pregnant women coming for abortions at 2500 Main Street changed their minds! To participate in your region’s 40 Days for Life event, see www.40DaysForLife.com. Also, we know that many New Yorkers will also be participating in Life Chain on Sunday, October 3. It appears there will be a whopping 43 Life Chain events across our state! For more information, see www.LifeChain.net. We are also hearing about pro-life banquets, Silent No More events, and many other pro-life activities in New York State. Keep up the good work!

CWA of NY continues to monitor the activities of the Empire State Stem Cell Board as the Board’s Ethics Committee discusses whether to relax restrictions on human-animal chimera research. On September 27, 2010, the Committee met again on the chimera issue, and we were relieved that it did not embrace any relaxation of the existing international guidelines. We will continue to monitor and speak out on this issue.

Encourage-A-Legislator SIGN UP NOW!

One of the greatest contributions of CWA of NY to our state is the Encourage-A-Legislator program. For the past two years, we have been blessed to carry out this program with 100 percent prayer coverage of our governor and all 200+ members of the New York Legislature. We want to repeat this success in 2011! Each month during the New York legislative session (January to June 2011) our participants send a CWA of NY pre-printed postcard to the legislator(s) they sign up to encourage. The postcards this year will feature quotations from famous New York women (in other years we have used Scriptures and quotations from various leaders). The postcards also feature a printed note of encouragement stating that the CWA member is praying for the legislator and his or her family. No lobbying is done with these cards; they are for encouragement only. CWA of NY provides the postcards and related materials. All you do is sign your name, address the postcard and pray. A huge thanks goes to Records Correspondent Carla Mann, who is assisting me with the paperwork this year. Please contact me by phone, e-mail or regular mail by December 1 to sign up.

Voter Registration

CWA national has updated its website and is now using the easy-to-remember address www.ConcernedWomen.org. Among other things, the revised site makes it a cinch to register to vote. Just click on the voting information on the home page. In order to vote in the general election on November 2, you must register to vote by Friday, October 8, 2010. If you don’t have website access, register by calling 1-800-FOR-VOTE. Also, if you moved, don’t forget to submit a change of address form. P.S. to churches and other groups: If you are looking for a good handout on voter registration, you can download for free the CWA Voter Registration Fact Card at http://concernedwomen.org/factsheets/registertovote.pdf

Wrap Week

CWA is a proud supporter of Wrap Week, an annual event (this year October 31 to November 7) dedicated to speaking out about the pornography problem in our nation. We were recently reminded of how far-reaching the consequences of pornography can be with the sentencing in September of an interstate truck driver who admitted to watching porn while driving a truck on the Thruway near Pembroke, 20 miles east of Buffalo. He crashed into a disabled vehicle at the side of the road, killing Julie Stratton, mother of two young boys now aged one and four. She was seated inside the car after calling her husband and 911, waiting for the authorities to arrive. Aside from this headline story, there are countless untold stories of families disintegrating in our state because a spouse became addicted to porn. The porn addiction is enslaving many men, women and children. To make your voice heard during Wrap Week, see the new CWA Wrap Week Fact Card available here: [Chengi, please insert a link to the attached Wrap Fact Card PDF]. Also, for those struggling with a porn addiction, there are free resources at www.PornHarms.com, www.purelifeministries.org and www.regenerationministries.org. We urge churches to spread information about helpful resources to address this serious issue affecting many families.

Marriage Minute

From our friends at Marriage & Family Savers Institute in Newburgh:

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Prayer Requests

As always, please let me know your needs and prayer requests.

Membership

Please consider making a gift so that we can continue our work in this state. Are you a member of Concerned Women for America? If not, please sign up and send a suggested donation of $25 or more to

CWA of NY,

P.O. Box 97,

North Boston NY 14110.

Donations sent to this address go 100 percent to our state budget, enabling us to continue the work in New York State. Donations can be also be made by credit card at our website: ny.cwfa.org. Concerned Women for America is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of CWA’s latest annual report is available from us or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer,

120 Broadway,

New York NY 10271. Thank you for your support.

On a Lighter Note

An interesting e-mail making the rounds:

  • Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
  • What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
  • What if we flipped through it several times a day?
  • What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
  • What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
  • What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
  • What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
  • What if we used it when we traveled?
  • What if we used it in case of emergency?
  • This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?
  • Oh, and one more thing.Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible beingdisconnected, because Jesus already paid the bill.
  • Makes you stop and think about our priorities. And no dropped calls!